by Ross Trudeau
Great news! The good folks at Boswords are re-running their Spring Themeless League. “Preseason” puzzle goes up 2/28. It’s a weekly crossword competition that runs on Monday evenings (you have several days to solve the weekly puzzle if you can’t solve live). They stream the proceedings on Twitch, including featured solvers and interviews with the puzzle constructors. The puzzles are high quality and the chat is lively; it’s a great way to meet like-minded puzzleheads.
And! The semi-official Boswords After Party also goes down on the Cursewords Live stream! Parker and I have cooked up some new emotes that I’m itching to fire off in the chat. While the Spring Themeless League is in effect, we’ll be streaming on Mondays directly after they conclude at 10p est (as well as on Thursdays at 9pm).
Thoughts and spoilers for “Filler Injections” below.
I had originally built this out as a 21×21 grid (see inset), but ultimately it felt like the conceit was definitely more of a daily-sized concept. You *can* sustain an addition puzzle with whacky answers like this one, but in this particular case the revealer gives you both a) the “addended” material and b) the exact location of the material to be added. So. Doing that four times felt like a happier ask than doing it 7+ times.
That’s all for now! I just got to Panama City, FL with my whole immediate family + spouses + children. 12 souls aboard. God help the owner of the rental property we’ve already begun to dismantle.
Happy solving, friends!